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Corn tomato bharta | Restaurant style side dish for chapati

Corn tomato bharta with smoky flavor infused from coal, butter to give a shortcut flavor of bharta. Restaurant style creamy side dish for chapati/ roti/ flatbreads.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3


  • 1 cup Sweet corn
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato chopped
  • 3 Tomato pureed
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon Cashew paste
  • 3 Green chilli
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri methi
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 chunk Charcoal

To temper

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • 1 Cardamom
  • 1 Clove
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon Coriander leaves


  • First garther the ingredients needed. Chop chilli, onion, tomato needed. Puree rest of the tomatoes.
  • Heat a pan with oil and temper with cumin seeds, cinnamon, clove and cardamom.
  • Add finely chopped chilli, onion and saute well till soft.
  • In goes 1 finely chopped tomato, 2 teaspoon of fresh ginger garlic paste and 1 tablespoon of cashew paste.
  • Tip in 2 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon kasuri methi powder.
  • Saute until oil oozes.
  • Pour in 3 tomatoes and mix well.
  • Add corn, sugar, salt and cook covered for 3 mins.
  • Once shiny, pour 1 cup water. Mix well and simmer covered for 6 minutes. Stir in between to avoid burning.
  • Check the corn for doneness.
  • Add cooking cream and cook furthermore for couple of minutes.
  • The texture should be creamy and thick.
  • To infuse smoky flavor: Take a small piece of charcoal and place over the stove flame.
  • Let it burn and you could see reddish spots glowing (ember) over the coal.
  • Place the coal in a small shallow bowl carefully using tongs.
  • Keep the bowl inside the gravy and quickly add softened butter or ghee over the hot glowing coal.
  • It will profusely smoke. Cover with a lid to capture the smoke.
  • Let it infuse for 3-4 mins. The hot gravy will absorb the smoky smell and turns so flavorful.
  • Mix well to serve. Garnish with coriander leaves.



  • Use store bought tomato puree in place of homemade tomato puree. reduce the amount as needed as the store bought ones are tarter than the homemade.
  • You can also skip the tomato sauce.
  • Instead of ginger garlic paste, you can use a tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of chopped ginger along with green chilli.